Steel designed for modern safety standards
At Hyundai we make our own steel. It’s only through this no-compromise approach that we can ensure everything meets our high standards of precision. It also means we can tailor designs precisely, and make all the continual improvements that define the Hyundai driver experience.
From spot welding and material handling to cutting, assembling and sealing, our robots deliver a level of precision engineering that is second to none. And because we use our own steel, we can be sure of its consistent quality as well as specifying exactly the right grade of steel for specific purposes. Particular grades of high-strength steel, for example, allow us to build bodywork that is strong where needed and impact-reducing in other places, and lighter overall.
It’s this attention to detail that you can sense in the build quality of your Hyundai.
Meet our Advanced High Strength steel (AHSS)
Through our innovations in steel manufacturing, we have increased our AHSS’s strength and workability while reducing its weight.
So what has that led to? Hyundai AHSS’s strength performance is twice that of normal steel, while the weight of its application parts is 10 percent lighter than normal steel, thereby enhancing fuel efficiency and safety performance.
There's a good reason why Hyundai has built such an excellent reputation as a global manufacturer of safe, high-strength steel for the automotive market.
Where do we make our steel?
Designing for the future
We have seven R&D sites around the globe: in Germany, Korea, China, India, Japan and two in the USA. Between them, you’ll find some of the world’s smartest engineers, and a culture where build quality is an obsession.
Our proving grounds in Korea, Germany and the US cover over 20 million square metres and include every kind of driving environment you can imagine. Belgian cobblestones? Check. Boiling deserts? Check. High-speed circuit? You bet.
We even have a wind tunnel test facility that’s the largest of its kind in Asia. It pits our cars against 200 km/h winds created by massive 8.4-metre propellers, and can create all kinds of punishing extremes of weather. When it comes to refining aerodynamic efficiency, it’s the gold standard.